A Letter From Our Pastor

A member has tested positive for COVID-19. Please read on for details.

September 25, 2020

My Dear Loved Ones:

One of the first verses I remember memorizing here at First Baptist in Sunday School was the encouraging words of Psalm 121, and, incidentally, my godly grandmother’s favorite psalm.  “I lift up my eyes to the hills.  / From where does my help come? /  My help comes from the LORD, / Who made Heaven and earth.”   The powerful LORD Who made the earth and majestic mountains, is our help as well.  We must remind ourselves of these things in difficult days.

I’m sorry to announce to you all that we have our first active Covid-19 case of someone who regularly attends our body of believers.  The individual is doing relatively well with no temperature over 100, but basically some flu symptoms.  The person was simply tired this past weekend, but began to notice the aches and general not feeling well this past Monday.  This person was diagnosed @ 8:00 PM Wednesday evening.  The person and their spouse are obviously quarantined.  We have contacted the people who have sat near them on Sunday morning, Sunday evening, and the person’s other contacts since then.  The person has been super cooperative with us and the Gallia County Health Department.

All of our pastors and deacons are aware and are on top of the situation.  We as a church have done the proper contacts that we need to do, and are continuing to be diligent about our policy and procedures in dealing with Covid.  Let’s face it: it’s the very reason why we actually have the policy and procedures that we do.  Right?  At this time, we are going to continue to have services in which people can attend.  We have been doing all that we can of precautionary measures to make sure that FBC and OVCS can actually meet in person; we will continue to use those precautionary measures.

Because this is coming closer to home, we are asking for you to double check to make sure that you are feeling well before you come to services, wash your hands often, social distance, wear a mask and make sure that you sanitize often.

I think of the last time that the choir sang for us in March.  Brother Allen had the choir sing for us, “Because He Lives, I Can Face Tomorrow.  Because He lives, all fear is gone.  Because I know He holds the future; and life is worth the living just because He lives.”  Let those words sink in, loved ones.  Let’s trust the Lord first and foremost.  Let’s do our due diligence.  Let’s continue to be a positive, shining light to a world without hope.

May the Lord be with you in very special ways.


For the latest information on service procedures in light of COVID-19, please see our reopening plan below.

Sunday Morning: 9 & 11 am

Evening Service: 6 pm

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